How do you love your heart? One of the ways you can be good to your heart is following a heart-smart diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, low-fat dairy, seafood and lean meats. It also includes lowering levels of added sugars, sodium, saturated and trans fats and cholesterol in your diet.
The American Heart Association® recommends consuming less than 1,500 mg of sodium a day. Reducing your sodium intake can help promote healthy blood pressure levels. Always check the labels on the foods you buy for sodium levels to help you make heart smart choices. Eating a lower sodium and heart-smart diet can be delicious and full of flavor; all you need are a few good tips to boost the flavor in your meals without boosting the sodium content.
These simple tips will get you started
How much sodium is in:
1/4 tsp 600 mg
1/2 tsp 1,200 mg
3/4 tsp 1,800 mg
1 tsp 2,300 mg
Source: American Heart Association®